Dentistry: Understand Your Treatment by Knowing These Dental Terms

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Your dentist, Dr. Parampal , and our Pelandale Dental Care dental team want you to have the best dental experience possible, but sometimes that’s tough when you’re not sure what our dental team is talking about when you come in for appointments. So, to help you know a little more about oral health and dental care in Modesto, California, we have provided the definitions to the following dental terms:

Dental filling: A dental filling is a restorative treatment that is used when your tooth has been attacked by tooth decay. There are different types of fillings available, but silver amalgam fillings and composite resin fillings are the most common. Composite resin fillings can also help reshape or disguise a tooth after it has been injured, discolored, or misshapen.

Dental crown: A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers the entire surface of your tooth and looks completely natural. It is generally needed when your tooth is misshapen, discolored, worn down, broken, or decayed. It can also be used to complete dental implant treatment.

Dental bridge: A dental bridge is a restoration that is used to replace your missing teeth. The bridge is made of two dental crowns and one or more false teeth. The bridge is placed in the gap in your smile and is anchored to the remaining natural teeth that lie on both sides.

Tooth decay: Tooth decay is a serious dental issue that tends to attack teeth and cause cavities. It generally develops when you consume too much sugar, have poor oral hygiene, and leave oral plaque untreated. It’s vital that you have tooth decay treated as soon as possible. If you don’t, tooth extraction might be necessary.

Gum disease: Gum disease is a dangerous dental issue that develops when the plaque on your teeth grows and irritates your gums. There are different stages of this disease, and it’s important to treat them as soon as possible; otherwise, you will suffer from receding gums or loose and lost teeth.

To learn more, please call our office at 209-545-9489 and talk to a member of our dental team. We look forward to hearing from you!